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ThinkMind // International Journal On Advances in Networks and Services, volume 9, numbers 3 and 4, 2016 // View article netser_v9_n34_2016_4


SDN Solutions for Switching Dedicated Long-Haul Connections: Measurements and Comparative Analysis

Authors:
Nageswara Rao

Keywords: Software defined networks; OpenFlow; Opendaylight;controller; long-haul connection; impulse-response; testbed

Abstract:
We consider a scenario of two sites connected over a dedicated, long-haul connection that must quickly fail-over in response to degradations in host-to-host application performance. The traditional layer-2/3 hot stand-by fail-over solutions do not adequately address the variety of application degradations, and more recent single controller Software Defined Networks (SDN) solutions are not effective for long-haul connections. We present two methods for such a path fail-over using OpenFlow enabled switches: (a) a light-weight method that utilizes host scripts to monitor application performance and dpctl API for switching, and (b) a generic method that uses two OpenDaylight (ODL) controllers and REST interfaces. For both methods, the restoration dynamics of applications contain significant statistical variations due to the complexities of controllers, north bound interfaces and switches; they, together with the wide variety of vendor implementations, complicate the choice among such solutions. We develop the impulse-response method based on regression functions of performance parameters to provide a rigorous and objective comparison of different solutions. We describe testing results of the two proposed methods, using TCP throughput and connection rtt as main parameters, over a testbed consisting of HP and Cisco switches connected over longhaul connections emulated in hardware by ANUE devices. The combination of analytical and experimental results demonstrate that the dpctl method responds seconds faster than the ODL method on average, even though both methods eventually restore original TCP throughput.

Pages: 71 to 82

Copyright: Copyright (c) to authors, 2016. Used with permission.

Publication date: December 31, 2016

Published in: journal

ISSN: 1942-2644

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